Memory visualization

Tim Peters tim.peters at gmail.com
Wed Mar 15 07:08:30 CET 2006


[bearophileHUGS at lycos.com]
> Icon is a language that share some similarities with Python:
> http://www.cs.arizona.edu/icon/
>
> During the execution of a Icon script there are ways to visualize the
> memory:
> http://www.cs.arizona.edu/icon/progvis/memmon/memmon.htm
>
> Related pages:
> http://www.cs.arizona.edu/icon/progvis/workshop/workshop.htm
> http://www.cs.arizona.edu/icon/progvis/progvis.htm
>
> I'd like to know if for Python there is a similar program to
> dynamically see the memory in a similar way.
> If such tool doesn't exist yet, I'd like to know if it may be diffifult
> to create it.

Long-time Icon developer Clinton Jeffery gave a presentation on this
topic at PyCon 2005:

    Profiling and Visualizing Python Program Behavior
<http://www.python.org/pycon/2005/papers/49/PyCon2005ProfilingandVisualizing.pdf>

It was a delight for me to meet him there, since I was an Icon
programmer before Python existed ;-)  He had some impressive
preliminary CPython visualization results, which required (a) a lot of
work, and (b) some modest changes to the core interpreter.  Alas, I
haven't heard more about it since then.  If I were you, I'd ask Dr.
Jeffery what became of that project.



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